"What is a 'senate estimate' "

Great question Jessica! In Senate estimates hearings, senators question government ministers and senior public servants about government spending, decisions and programs outlined in the Budget. The hearings, which are open to the public, are conducted by the eight Senate legislation committees.

Each committee is responsible for examining different government departments and agencies. Estimates are an important way of scrutinising the work of the government and making it accountable to the Australian Parliament.

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